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There were two stories in your edition of Nov. 4 that I think related to some of the issues raised in the recent campaigns and elections.

In one story (page 22), we learned that Senator Michael Balboni was able to procure a $25,000 New York State grant for the Village of Flower Hill to purchase and install a new backup electric generator. The second story (page 38), was about a young Weber sixth-grader who 'came up with a unique way to celebrate her birthday.' She is conducting a bake sale to provide funds for senior citizens who need help to pay for prescriptions and medications.

Let me suggest a possible rearrangement of our priorities. Maybe the men, women and young people of Flower Hill could have a bake sale or some other type of fund-raiser to pay for the generator and the $25,000 could go back to the state, which in turn could help pay for medications of those who need the aid. The 2000 census records show that the median annual income for a family in Flower Hill was $133,075 and the per capita income for the 4,500 residents came to $65,000. So, if each person contributed $5.55 in cash or bought the equivalent in cookies and cakes, they could buy their own generator.

For months, our candidates talked about problems of high taxes, spending out of control, Social Security, wrong priorities and moral decline. Sometimes they pointed to conditions that need fixing and offered rational solutions. Many other times they pandered to our wants and fears. They have learned that we are easily persuaded to support them when there is something in it for "me."

It's always exciting to hear that people are taking on the responsibility to solve problems rather than complain and look to others for a solution. I'm probably being too naive in hoping that all sixth-graders are idealistic but I wish to be hopeful. Happy Birthday Melissa.

John M. Belanich


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